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Ben Goldacre Interview

I’ve just finished Reading Ben Goldacre’s book, ‘Bad Science’, that lambasts various forms of quackery and pseudo science. Here is a New Scientist interview with him. I have also embedded a clip of Gillian McKeith a well know TV presenter in the UK, who encourages people to eat healthily, but does so in a way that is wrong and deceptive. A whole chapter of Bad Science is devoted to her.

For example, McKeith calls herself (or used to call, before the Advertising Standards Authority had a draft adjudication against her) a doctor and refers to her patients. She is neither a medical doctor, nor does she have a PhD from an accredited university. She does have an accreditation from a Nutrition institute that Goldacre managed to obtain membership for his dead cat for $100. The award hangs in his toilet.

Gillian McKeith is our latest recipient of the Smashing Telly FEBL (Fucking Entertaining Big Lie) award, which consists of being tagged FEBL

FEBL, pseudo science, science

3 comments on “Ben Goldacre Interview

  1. Mark Thomas says:

    Man, the Gillian clip made me cringe!

  2. Mac says:

    You should watch her show, a mixture of high volume quackery and ritual humiliation of her “patients”. Kind of like a cross between David Brent and Torquemada.

  3. Les says:

    nice little interview with ben goldacre. you should definitely check out his blog “bad science”

    http://www.badscience.net/

    and read what he has to say about the medicalization of everyday life.

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